AN IDEA ABOUT HOW WE SEE
Open Your Eyes
What happens in the first 1/100th of a second, as our eyes are opening and taking in a first glimpse of the world? In that glimpse we see a hazy pattern - a pattern of light and dark. It is in this split second that our mind's eye begins to see, and we have this first order of visual experience.
A Hazy Nebula of Light
At first, we see only the shapeless pattern of light and dark. Like a newborn gazing at her mother's face, it begins with this nebulous haze that rivets the baby's attention, synthesizes with all of her other senses, and links up with her memories and instincts.
So it is for the very young and the very old among us, sight is soft and the world is a blur. And perhaps for those of us more toward the middle of our lifespan - more than we realize - our visual experience is with images unresolved, and mostly left to the imagination.
Shapeless patterns of light and dark are a very big part of our human experience. Things are not always clear. This life is sometimes very, very vague.
As designers and artists, we are free to play with representing surfaces and defining sharp, hard, edges - or not. To be hazy, blurry, misty, cloudy - to be unclear - gives that which is clearly defined a meaningful reference. Every bright, crystal clear day should always begin with a foggy morning. The contrast has an impact. It is a way to create more dynamic, provocative, and meaningful pictures and designs. It is a question worth exploring. And this is really the fun of it.
2014 Sketch: Ear Wax 10X
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